China assures Pakistan of help to join nuclear suppliers club

Published: November 27, 2015
Says if India gains sole induction, Beijing will veto the move. PHOTO: FILE

Says if India gains sole induction, Beijing will veto the move. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: China has assured that if India is allowed to get the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) it will go all out to ensure that Pakistan also joins the group.

The assurance was given to Islamabad during the visit of a high-level delegation headed by President Mamnoon Hussain to Beijing recently.

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“The issue was discussed at length and Pakistan highlighted its point of view saying that it has equal right to join the group for fulfilling its requirement for peaceful use of nuclear technology,” diplomatic sources told The Express Tribune.

Islamabad took the plea that if it is deprived of the NSG membership and New Delhi is allowed to join it then it will be discrimination and lead to creating an imbalance in the region.

“China, being member of the group and holding the veto power, assured Pakistan that it will take all measures so that it also becomes the member of the NSG,” they said, adding, “If India is allowed to join NSG and Pakistan is deprived of the membership of the group, Beijing will veto the move to block Indian entry.”

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According to sources, Pakistan was aware of the fact after it came to know about the launching of a quiet diplomatic move for inducting India into the club of nuclear trading nations.

“The NSG chairman has recently visited New Delhi and held meeting with the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj as part of a diplomatic effort to build a consensus to admit India into the group in its annual meeting next June,” observed a security analyst.

He said Pakistan aspires to join the NSG but its accession appears to be a tough sell as the major members of the group don’t support its move.

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It is pertinent to mention here that membership of the 48-nation group would bring India into the nuclear fold 41 years after it tested its first nuclear bomb.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2015.

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  • Akbar
    Nov 27, 2015 - 7:30AM

    Nothing but hot air.

    China didn`t veto the Nuke Deal earlier. Nor did it back Pakistan during Kargil war. It has more to gain from India than Pakistan.Recommend

  • troll
    Nov 27, 2015 - 8:01AM

    “China, being member of the group and
    holding the veto power, assured
    Pakistan that it will take all
    measures so that it also becomes the
    member of the NSG,” they said, adding,
    “If India is allowed to join NSG and
    Pakistan is deprived of the membership
    of the group, Beijing will veto the
    move to block Indian entry.”

    sounds like a story made up for only internal consumption within Pakistan, to keep fooling the people.Recommend

  • Nov 27, 2015 - 8:27AM

    Thank you very much, China. Indeed, you are a true friend of Pakistan.
    Like our myopic and ‘terrified of America’ garbage politicians, India does not realize that US is a transient friend. The US through its unsurpassed arrogance balks at all countries except Europe. SalamsRecommend

  • ghazal
    Nov 27, 2015 - 8:35AM

    I will not play not will any one to play. Be happy with that we will attain what is destined with you or with out you. Best of luck in your effortsRecommend

  • troll
    Nov 27, 2015 - 9:02AM

    Islamabad took the plea that if it is
    deprived of the NSG membership and New
    Delhi is allowed to join it then it
    will be discrimination and lead to
    creating an imbalance in the region

    Quite literally, a very immature diplomacy at work here. The members are admitted to NSG based on their previous records of proliferation and safety, not on basis of “to create balance in the region”.

    Pakistan having sold nuclear secrets to rogue nations Libya, north Korea and Iran is something that world will never forget,because the whole world is still paying the price for it. And saying that not giving Pakistan NSG membership will lead to imbalance in the region is like shooting oneself in the foot. Are you trying to blackmail NSG members that if not given nuclear technology you will produce more nuclear weapons to deal with “Indian aggression”?

    And no two countries on the face of this planet are “equals”, its a reality one has to accept. In no corner of the world Pakistan and India are considered as “equals”. The Islamic and non-Islamic worlds, see both our nations differently. Ironically, its only we, both Indians and Pakistanis, who can see each other as equals if we leave behind the ugly past.

    The only way Pakistan can be admitted to NSG is that they limit their stock piles to current levels, limit the nuclear weapons to only strategic level, and not be swayed over or be paranoid over what’s happening in India. Pakistan should remain calm and composed even if India gets NSG membership. And show to the world that they are a mature, trusted democracy, which is committed to use of nuclear tech for peaceful purposes only, and not for some imaginary parity with India.

    And lastly, India has over the decades transformed vastly into becoming a new industrialised county. There are now indian heavy engineering industries which are capable of either exporting their wares for nuclear power plants or becoming sub-contractors to global nuclear power plant manufacturing giants, which is what Indian entities like L & T, Godrej & Boyce, Walchangnagar Industries etc etc are on the way to becoming in partnership with their Russian & French counterparts. We are also now capable of developing our own technologies, may be not as superior as the European or american ones, but definitely, qualified technologies. Hence, It made sense to the world to have India as a member of NSG, than not to have.

    The question is, does Pakistan have such a industrial capability that match India?

    No – is the answer.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Nov 27, 2015 - 9:04AM

    India doesn’t need NSG as much as NSG needs India.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Nov 27, 2015 - 9:05AM

    I haven’t read this anywhere in the Chinese media… ! Recommend

  • Nov 27, 2015 - 9:35AM

    No one can stop India whose time has come.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Nov 27, 2015 - 10:43AM

    Ok noted now lets see how China helps pakistan,btw as far as i know China alone cant help pakistan.I mean here is a scenario currently:
    India-support of all except China
    Pakistan-support of none except China

    So this what the current exact position of all.Therefore in that case India with majority support will get through NSG as China will eventually back off as it is alone in its standing but in case of pakistan,pakistan has to convince all members.Only getting Chinese support and assurance is like hitting a head in a wall and will never bore any result.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Nov 27, 2015 - 10:48AM

    “China, being member of the group and
    holding the veto power, assured
    Pakistan that it will take all
    measures so that it also becomes the
    member of the NSG,” they said, adding,
    “If India is allowed to join NSG and
    Pakistan is deprived of the membership
    of the group, Beijing will veto the
    move to block Indian entry.”

    Plz show us Chinese source not what pakistan said because they are no where in the Chinese media.China will support India just wait and watch as China is now looking to supply bullet train to India,its telecom cos and even alibaba grouph as stakes in India etc etc.So stakes for China is high.Recommend

  • RT
    Nov 27, 2015 - 11:05AM

    NSG is not UNSC. NSG has 48 countries. Even if one country says no, then you won’t be admitted into NSG. USA will certainly say “BIG NO” for Pakistan to be admitted into NSG. Just remember in this very news website, people were all gung-ho about USA giving Nuke deal which in fact turned out be a deal to limit stockpiles and have Uncle Sam trace every nuke Pakistan has. If India gets into NSG, then India will forever say “VERY BIG NO” for Pakistan to be admitted into NSG. If India gets in, Pakistan is out forever unless some miracle happens where both countries aren’t at war at each other. Recommend

  • jayant
    Nov 27, 2015 - 11:26AM

    Stop all you can INDIA will be included …… Recommend

  • Rahim
    Nov 27, 2015 - 11:38AM

    West is facilitating India to join NSG for only economic purposes. They want Indian market to sell their nuclear technology. These states undermine the repercussions of auch waiver to India. It will fuel a nuclear arms race as foreign nuclear material will dump into Indian weapons development. Country specific waiver is also hurting the efforts for global nuclear disarmament. Recommend

  • goldconsumer
    Nov 27, 2015 - 11:43AM

    Looking at the Indian troll, it seems they are hurt badly a certain sensitive parts. Anyhow India already has a nuclear deal with the US and Farance and its already getting enough uranium and technologies to transfer it for good use.Recommend

  • Saba Khan
    Nov 27, 2015 - 11:48AM

    This news source is not credible. It is deceiving a nation. Bhutto went to China n came back announcing China will attack India If India invades into East Pakistan. In reality there was no such promise. Today again I see Pakistanis repeating history. Govt should come clear of itRecommend

  • Argument
    Nov 27, 2015 - 12:37PM

    Firstly there is no such Veto in NSG as in UN. 2ndly China already supported India for NSG with conditions. 3rd There is no such news in international media expect Pakistani domain links. Fourth consensus is needed for NSG membership. As of now only 2 countries are opposing India’s membership I.e. Switzerland and Netherlands. Earlier it was Japan as well but now Japan is supporting India. China is not one of them but tries to isolate India but failing to do so. Diplomatic efforts have been done to make sure India’s entry into NSG club during NSG annual meeting i.e. On June 2016.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Nov 27, 2015 - 3:21PM

    India should help Vietnam build up strategic and tactical forces just as China helped Pakistan an North Korea. The Vietnamese had already defeated the Chinese and would love to give them a black eye again.Recommend

  • Frank Mossman
    Nov 27, 2015 - 4:10PM

    This business of supplicating others for membership has an inherent low probability of success. A strategy with a far higher probability of success would be to signal a national resolve to disseminate nuclear technology to strategic allies, such as Turkey. If the objection to Pakistan joining the Suppliers Club is that it had proliferated in the past, and if its good behaviour since that time counts for nothing, then Pakistan may as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb. It should threaten to go full steam ahead with passing nuclear & missile technology to Turkey. It should also threaten to resume nuclear tests, particularly of thermonuclear warheads (most of the work for this has already been done since the miniaturised warheads Pakistan has designed for its cruise missiles and tactical nukes would serve as ideal primers for the thermonuclear second stages.

    International relations are primarily about force and its application. Whingers and beggars are treated as scum.Recommend

  • Pak Soul
    Nov 27, 2015 - 4:16PM

    Tch tch poor and silly India which accounts for 41% of globally poor people is wasting money on nuclear and mission on Mars. No wonder the country is run by a terroristRecommend

  • SEAsian
    Nov 27, 2015 - 4:21PM

    This news cannot be corroborated anywhere else. Besides, how long will it take for Britain, France or US to veto Pakistan’s entry?Recommend

  • Tahir ali
    Nov 27, 2015 - 4:35PM

    @Akbar: Why should china support an illegal war of a dicator which even your prime minister did not know. Only Mush can enjoy this blunderRecommend

  • Abrar R
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:07PM

    Our friends from bharat are completely missing 2 things here. One, NSG is irrelevant, a country with nuclear arms never will be, its practical only. Second, cribbing out China is textbook too, China Pakistan relation is practical. What you actually need to realize is that Mr Damodardas has pushed away China, Russia, France and anyone one who mattered with a single selfy. Bharat is lying on all fours as far as foreign affairs go, good luck to you, NSG membership after all is not a bad start, its only that it doesn’t really matter.Recommend

  • Walsh
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:13PM

    Does India really deserves to be a member of the UNSG given its poor human rights record especially in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Occupied Punjab,North East Sister states and against the minorities residing in India, does India really deserves to be part of the UNSG when 20% of its population lives BELOW poverty line, NO. China will surely never allow India into UNSG, because simply they don`t deserve to be in UNSGRecommend

  • Wilson
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:20PM

    Dear intolerant indians commenting gere, you don`t deserves to be in UNSG and IA your bid will be vetoed/rejected by our all weather friend China. Long Live China Recommend

  • Hawkins
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:24PM

    India has misplaced priorities more than 20% of Indian population is BELOW POVERTY line and as World Bank estimates in 2008 showed that 61-80% of Indian population lives under 2$ a day? India is responsible for starting a nuclear arms race in the Subcontinent, and also for sponsoring terrorism in its neighboring countries. A rogue nation like India doesn`t deserve a place in UNSG especially with its intolerant and racist attitude against in minorities. Recommend

  • PakistaniBaloch
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:27PM

    India is the reason for starting the nuclear arms race in South Asia, how can it be admitted into UNSG it simply doesn’t deserve to be in UNSG. UNSG shouldn`t welcome a rogue state supporting nuclear arms race, especially when its not a signatory of NPT. China ZindabadRecommend

  • Walsh
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:29PM

    India is not a signatory of NPT (non proliferation treaty) & therefore simply cannot be trusted, It is also responsible for initiating a nuclear arms race in South Asia. China is right, Pakistan stands with China. Recommend

  • abc
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:37PM

    Stop being delusional no one wants a non signatory of NPT as part of the UNSG, its a risk too huge to take. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:38PM

    India deserves it because it has successfully fought islamo-fascism in kashmir. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:40PM

    The particular minority that you are talking about is a troublesome one, not only in India, but in the rest of the world too. Its only peaceful in three places, Gujarat, Myanmar and China and that’s because of no-nonsense act by the governments there. The world should follow these examples to keep them in control Recommend

  • Wilson
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:41PM

    Nationalistic rhetoric aside, lets wait and see what China has instored for you. Love from PakistanRecommend

  • China
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:44PM

    May be thats the reason why China has been building a port in Gawadar Pakistan, selling 8 submarines to Pakistan, playing its role in building a strong Russo-Pak relationship, investing 43 Billion$ in Pakistan, providing Pakistan with drones technology, helping Pakistan modernize its airforce, signing civil nuclear deals with Pakistan. Its funny when Indians initiate their denial mode going against all factual evidence. Recommend

  • China
    Nov 27, 2015 - 5:45PM

    @Tahir ali:
    Of Course China reserves the right of humiliating Indian force in Kashmir like it did in 1962 Sino-Indo war. Recommend

  • Prada
    Nov 27, 2015 - 6:00PM

    Pakistan is the ONLY nuclear proliferator in the world. Fat chance of that happening.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Nov 27, 2015 - 7:30PM

    @Saba Khan:
    Excuse me? You are wrong, please get educated and by that I don`t mean from Indian public schoolRecommend

  • abc
    Nov 27, 2015 - 7:51PM

    I have read a similar story on Indian mediaRecommend

  • Wilson
    Nov 27, 2015 - 8:38PM

    alteast we didn`t beg Russia to build our Nuclear Program. Which proliferation are you talking about? Which state did Pakistan proliferate its nuclear technology too, which now possess the nuclear weapons based on tech proliferated by Pakistan? You high on Indian marijuana?Recommend

  • Walsh
    Nov 27, 2015 - 9:49PM

    Maybe that’s the reason why we hear chants of Azadi (Freedom), Azadi, Azadi in Indian Occupied Kashmir. P.s I humbly invite you to Azad Kashmir where we don`t commit humans rights violation as compared to the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Recommend

  • charles
    Nov 27, 2015 - 10:12PM

    China doesn’t have enough clout to erase World memory of Pakistan selling nuke technology to N Korea, Libya and Iran. Pakistan may think it has a right to be treated the same as India but that’s not realistic. India isn’t associated with nuclear proliferation, terrorism or broken promises – can’t same the same for Pakistan.Recommend

  • China
    Nov 27, 2015 - 11:11PM

    Vietnamese defeated China? Quite smoking weed, China has the second biggest economy in the world, dont mess with us & especially dont forget your humiliation in 1962 Sino-Indo war, especially don`t mess with our friend Pakistan. P.s end your illegal occupation of Arunchal Pardesh it belongs to China. Mind your own business!!!!!Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Nov 27, 2015 - 11:16PM

    I wonder when will this ‘Made in India’ rhetoric will end, one a more logical point if Pakistan did indeed sell its nuclear technology to N Korea, Libya & Iran (as per your claim) then why does none of these countries are yet in possession of any nukes? P.s I highly doubt that China will give India a free pass untill India continues its illegal occupation in Arunchal Pardesh and Indian Occupied Kashmir, not to mention its human rights abuses to the minorities which resides in these and other numerous states. Recommend

  • Sandip
    Nov 28, 2015 - 12:53AM

    @Walsh: Looks like the very news has sent burning sensations up and down your entire body.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Nov 28, 2015 - 12:58AM

    @Wilson: Since when have you left the camp of the Islamists and landed under the benevolence of Jesus – the son of God?Recommend

  • charles
    Nov 28, 2015 - 3:04AM


    @ajeet: Vietnamese defeated China? Quite smoking weed

    Who won is disputed .. but China lost more soldiers during the brief conflict in 1979 than the USA did during it’s prolonged Vietnam conflict. That’s a loss in my book.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Nov 28, 2015 - 4:36AM

    Thank you China for supporting Pakistan for NSG and appreciated your efforts ThanksRecommend

  • Naren
    Nov 28, 2015 - 5:46AM


    As a Pakistani living in Balochistan, you may feel that way. But Balochistanis don’t share such anti-India hostility typically shown by Pakistanis (read Punjabistanis).

    We wish peace with both Balochistan and Pakistan. Just pointing out your comments are misleading to say the least. Recommend

  • Talking Point
    Nov 28, 2015 - 9:11AM

    @Pakistan: U comment under Pakistan handlend under China handle as well. It is Arunachal Pradesh and not Arunchal Pardesh! U can’t even get the basics right and yet you comment . Bro , why do you people live on even borrowed Chinese identity? What a waste of a nation! Recommend

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